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Bradley Stoke nurse set to embark on 24-hour charity run

Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 5:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Steve Wiltshire in running gear.

A Bradley Stoke man who works as a nurse with children’s ‘hospice at home’ charity Jessie May is taking on a 24-hour running challenge to boost funds and raise awareness of the charity.

Steve Wiltshire, 30, is one of the Jessie May Nurses who provides vital respite support to families caring for a terminally ill child in their own homes.
He has worked in the Jessie May Care Team for over two-and-a-half years and is now combining his passion for his job, and for running, and tackling a gruelling 24-hour run to raise money for, and awareness of, the Kingswood-based charity.

On 19th July, Steve will travel to Walton-on Thames to take part in the Conti Thunder Run. He aims to raise £3,000 – the cost of running the charity for one day – and has so-called his fundraiser The Difference a Day makes’ to reflect the importance of at-home support for families caring for a terminally ill child.

Steve said:

“As a Jessie May nurse, I understand the enormous difference Jessie May’s support makes to families with a terminally ill child. The families the Jessie May nurses support are all incredible and I know how important it is that we are there to help. Many rely on our respite visits and emotional support and have said they’d now be completely lost without us.”

“This is why I want to help raise money for Jessie May – I have seen the impact we have on families first-hand. The challenge that I have decided to undertake is to run as many 10km laps as I can in 24 hours through the 24 Hour Conti Thunder Run. It’s pretty extreme!”

“I know caring for a terminally ill child is an exhausting, 24-hour task; physically and emotionally. This 24 hour run is quite symbolic of the 24 hour care the children require and I hope by completing the 24 Hour Thunder Run, it inspires people to talk about Jessie May, and why our support is vital to families, and make a donation through my fundraising page if they can.”

“If I raise money for Jessie May during this day of non-stop exercise, it could make a difference to not just one day, but many days, for many families who need that extra bit of support.”

More: Why Jessie May care is so important to families »

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Local mum’s skydive for Jessie May charity

Posted on Saturday 18th June 2016 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Jo Hancock on a charity skydive for the Jessie May Trust.

A Bradley Stoke mum has taken part in a sponsored skydive to raise funds for a charity that is close to her heart.

Jo Hancock, who helps run the Gymtastic pre-school gym club at Filton Community Centre, along with her boss Sherri Webber, undertook the skydive at the Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury on Saturday 14th May.

Their aim was to raise at least £600 for the Jessie May Trust, a Bristol-based charity providing palliative care, end of life and bereavement care for terminally ill children and their families in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Jo explained:

“We got involved with Jessie May through one of our Gymtastic parents and dear friend Caroline, who is also a Jessie May nurse. Two years ago we undertook a fire walk and raised just over £1,000 between the three of us.”

“We are so fortunate to have the option of their support within the area we live in; other counties are not so fortunate. We have met the team and a couple of the nurses; they are inspirational and do a fantastic but sometimes very difficult job.”

Speaking about the skydive, Jo said:

“It was a fantastic day with friends and family coming to support us; the weather was also kind, thankfully! It was the most terrifying but amazing experience I’ve ever had, but knowing how much money we have raised gave me the extra boost!”

As we went to press, Jo and Sherri had raised just under £1,900, through both online and paper sponsorship.

More: Donations may be made via the pair’s JustGiving page »

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